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Inside Iowa State
November 19, 1999


Mentor a student

Iowa State faculty and staff who are willing to spend six hours a month mentoring could provide a "terrific boost" to a new program to increase the graduation rates of African American high school students in Des Moines, says vice president for student affairs Tom Hill.

Partners in Economic Progress (PEP) is a new nonprofit group that seeks to increase educational and business opportunities for African Americans in Des Moines. The group has set a goal of increasing the graduation rates of African American students in Des Moines high schools to 100 percent within five years.

The group is seeking mentors who can help students realize the importance of a good education. Those interested in becoming mentors should contact Billie Martin, (515) 286-4926,

Workshop on meeting needs of minority faculty Dec. 8

Karen Donaldson, a Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow, will facilitate a workshop on "Meeting the Needs of Minority Faculty" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Memorial Union Oak Room. The workshop will feature sections of Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty, a documentary about the experiences of minority faculty and how institutions can address recruiting and retention issues. No registration is required.

It's a Factavailable

Copies of the 1999-2000 It's a Factbrochure are available from News Service. The brochure contains updated facts and statistics about Iowa State. To order copies, call 4-4777.

Some ISU Plan premiums to go up

Some insurance premiums in the ISU Plan for the year 2000 will increase, due to adjusted claims costs in each plan in the last year. The Point of Service, Catastrophic and HMO health plans will increase 8 percent. The Indemnity health plan and Basic and Comprehensive dental plan rates will increase 15 percent. Medical and dental benefit credits (the university's contribution to employees' coverage) will increase 8.5 percent. Rates for supplemental and dependent life insurance plans (which employees pay in full) also will go up. For more information, see the November 1999 issue of the ISU Plan News,mailed to all employees last week.

ABC replica on display in Howe Hall

The replica of the Atanasoff-Berry computer is now on exhibit in 144 Howe Hall. The exhibit includes an interactive display about the world's first electronic digital computer and its Iowa State inventors. Howe Hall is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. For room availability for groups, contact Laurie Hoifeldt, 4-5666,

Jischke on Talk of Iowa

President Martin Jischke will be a guest on the Wednesday, Dec. 1, installment of Talk of Iowa. The live, call-in program airs from 10 to 11 a.m. on WOI-AM (640).

Honors poster presentation is Dec. 1

The university community is invited to the Fall 1999 poster presentations of graduating Honors students' Honors projects. The presentations will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Talbot gift for vet med scholarships

A recent $3.4 million gift from Russ and Lora Talbot, Ankeny, has established the Russell G. and Lora L. Talbot Scholars in Veterinary Medicine Program. The program presently provides four-year, $2,500 annual scholarships to two ISU veterinary medicine students from Iowa. When fully funded, the endowed program will provide scholarships to more than 50 Iowa students at all levels of study.

Russ Talbot is a retired special agent with the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service. Lora Talbot is an executive officer with the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System. The two Wartburg College graduates developed an interest in the College of Veterinary Medicine after reading about its companion animal fund and Wildlife Care Clinic.

ITC moving to Communications Building

The Instructional Technology Center is in the process of moving to its new home in the Communications Building in the northwest corner of campus. Already in the new building is the creative services unit, including television production, multi-media and graphics staff; the instructional development office; and clerical and administrative staff. Classroom services will move to the new location Nov. 22-24. By Nov. 29, director Don Rieck said the entire ITC unit should be located in the new building. Those needing ITC services between now and Nov. 29 are advised to call ahead to see which building they should go to. The new campus telephone book lists Communications Building room numbers for ITC staff. Phone numbers remain the same.

Sing-along Messiahplanned

The ISU Symphony Orchestra will present a community sing of Handel's Messiahat 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in Tye Hall. Admission is $2. Audience members will sing choruses from the oratorio. The solo selections will be sung by ISU students. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own scores, though music will be loaned during the performance.

Holiday concert Dec. 4

The music department will present its 1999 holiday festival concert, "Of Holly and Ivy," at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Stephens Auditorium. The concert will feature holiday selections peformed by choral and instrumental ensembles. Tickets are $9 (with some discounts) and available at Ticket-Master outlets or the Stephens box office.

United Way deadline is Dec. 1

With a Dec. 1 deadline approaching, Iowa State's United Way Campaign is a few thousand dollars short of the $170,000 goal. Contributions should be made through departmental United Way coordinators. In another fall fund-raising effort, nearly $34,000 was raised on campus for the Habitat for Humanity project, which built a four-plex near downtown Ames for homeless people. The Habitat fund-raising goal was $30,000.

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